News Update - Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue No 1038 on 9 October 2020

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Challenges growing for Google Play store in India – what lessons are there for the development of Africa’s digital economy

9 October 2020

Both Apple and Google have been under fire for the near monopoly they both have in different markets for app distribution. Google’s app store is facing a major challenge in India and as Android is the dominant OS in Sub-Saharan Africa this has more direct relevance for the continent. Russell Southwood looks at the fight in India and tries to work out the lessons for Africa. Indian apps developers seem to have got up a head of steam over Google’s way of charging 30% for in-purchases. (Apple’s app store terms are identical.) The thing that lit the fuse for the…